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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 


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Q&A: Hayley Podschun

Nikka Lanzarone

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Hayley's Episode: College (or, There's No One Way To Broadway) pt.2  (#56)

Where are you from? Originally from Overland Park, KS

Broadway credits: Wicked (Tour), Chaplin, Anything Goes, Pal Joey, Sunday In The Park With George, Hairspray (Bway and Natl. Tour), The Sound of Music

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was 12. And I originally was told I didn’t book it because I was ¼ of an inch too tall (It had to be very specific for The VonTrapp Children). Then two days later we got a call saying that I was to start rehearsals in NY on Tuesday (when I was living in KS). My parents ended up coming to my middle school to tell me at the end of the day. I cried I was so excited.

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I LOVE Broadway Bowling and take it very seriously. Both my teams during Anything Goes and Chaplin were amazing. It’s something fun to do after your show at night where you get to see your friends and kick each other’s butts during bowling.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? How many people it takes to put on a show. It STILL boggles my mind and when I think about it, I get so happy. I feel like a lot of the public has no idea what goes on behind the scenes to make it happen. There’s crews in all places- Lighting, sound, dressers, hair, props, dance captains, stage managers, box office, ushers, house managers, doormen. It’s amazing what a team effort it is. If you’re lucky, you really do become a family with everyone you work with.  

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? My Red Carpet Hosting and Producing work with the Broadway Style Guide has been something really exciting and new in my life. The team I work with as well as all the fun events and people we get to cover are just a dream. This type of work has alway been something I’ve wanted to do and I cannot wait to grow more with the company on and off camera.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Britney Spears from the year 2000

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Anyone who doesn’t have to audition and just gets offers. Right?!?! I mean, talk about a dream!

To be successful in this business, it takes… A thick skin and confidence.

Tell us a secret. I have a birthmark on my upper right back that looks like a Whale or Scottie Dog. His name is Chester.